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Local Commentaries

Listen To The Doobie Brothers

We go through our lives, often times facing stress, disappointment, despair, and sadness as well as gratitude, elation, self-fulfillment, and joy, experiencing the full spectrum of what life may hand us in the daily uncertainty of our existence. At all those times in our lives, be they highs, ...

Tourism: Beyond Memorial Day To Labor Day

For almost 20 years now, a number of leaders in the community looked upon tourism as a key to a brighter economic future for Chautauqua County. During most of those 20 years the County’s population and the number of jobs in the County have declined significantly. Some other leaders view the ...

Bridge Reconstruction Has Started

If you have driven over the Chautauqua Lake Bridge recently, you will see that the trucks and crews that installed a deck underneath the bridge, have been replaced by the bigger and more numerous vehicles of the prime contractor, Union Concrete. You will also see that new semi-permanent ...

Supreme Court Considers Social Media

Let’s suppose that you submitted a letter to the editor. Let’s suppose that the publication, for whatever reason, declined to run it. Let’s suppose that you, disapproving of that decision, went to your friendly neighborhood federal-district court, filed suit, and asserted that you ...

Don’t Let JHS Marching Band Ride Into The Sunset

Culture can be defined as all the ways of life including arts, beliefs and institutions of a population that are passed down from generation to generation. Culture has been called "the way of life for an entire society." As such, it includes codes of manners, dress, language, religion, ...

Missing History: The S.S. Jamestown

It was a five-foot long painting of the S. S. Jamestown—-a really special steamboat that was the largest craft to ever grace Chautauqua Lake. She was built at the boat landing on the lake by Isaac Hammett of Pittsburgh and then launched to great fanfare on May 24, 1875. One-hundred and sixty ...